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Utah Artists Project
The Utah Artists Project is part of the digital initiative work at the J. Williard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. The goal of the project is “to improve access to information about and knowledge of the work of Utah’s most prominent visual artists.” The project began with a core list of 200 artists, and since then it has grown significantly. Each entry features biographical information, images of key artworks, and archival materials. A good place to start here is the entry for Anna C. Bliss, a nonrepresentational artist whose work examines ideas about color perception and geometry. The categories of art included here are a diverse, including furniture making, mixed media, and textiles. New material is added to the site on a regular basis, and it’s worth bookmarking for a return visit or two.
http://www.lib.utah.edu/collections/utah-artists/
“As a photographer, Joel shoots like a fellow musician. Bernstein blends in, using all the resources of his understanding of the songs, the instruments, the subject, and the people. There is soul and movement and most of all, music, in every one of Joel’s images. This is what it looked like, and this is what it felt like. These are truthful angels. ~ Cameron Crowe, director of “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire”
http://ow.ly/cLPDT
Tacoma Community History Project
Community histories have become increasingly popular, and this interdisciplinary project from the University of Washington-Tacoma is part of that growing trend. The materials here include oral histories gathered by students working under the direction of Professor Michael Honey for his undergraduate and graduate courses. This collection contains 50 oral histories, and visitors can explore all of them via an interactive map or the Explore By Communities tab. It is worth noting that the histories
include other communities within south Puget Sound, such as Gig Harbor and University Place. Some of the titles here include “Italians in Hilltop” and “A Blue Collar Town: The Tacoma Labor Movement.” The materials date back to 1991 and include transcripts of each interview. Finally, the About area contains information about student involvement in the project, along with information on community involvement and engagement. http://content.lib.washington.edu/tacomacommweb/index.html
Leaked MPAA Memo Reveals TV-Shack Press Strategy
A leaked “memo” from the MPAA shows how movie industry insiders are being briefed to respond in media interviews on the extradition case of TV-Shack admin Richard O’Dwyer. In the talking points the MPAA describes the UK student as a deliberate criminal while mocking his wardrobe. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who launched a petition to stop the extradition, is called out as “presumptuous” by the movie industry group.

Leaked MPAA Memo Reveals TV-Shack Press Strategy


Thomas H. and Joan W. Gandy Photograph Collection
The Louisiana Digital Library has a wide array of historical collections that document everything from Acadian culture to the vibrancy of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. This particular collection brings together photographs of Natchez from photographers Henry Norman, Henry Gurney, and Earl Norman. Visitors can make their way through over 160 images here, such as shots of barbershops, prominent buildings, distinguished antebellum mansions, and scenes of everyday life. The informal photos are quite wonderful; visitors shouldn’t miss “Card game” or the “Children and Snowmen” image. As a whole, the collection answers a number of compelling questions, including “How did people dress to have their pictures taken?” and “What did Natchez-Under-The-Hill look like in the late 1800s?”
http://louisdl.louislibraries.org/index.php?name=Thomas%20H.%20and%20Joan%20W.%20Gandy%20Photograph%20Collection
Woz rips “the Cloud”
Apple co-founder Wozniak predicts ‘horrible problems’ with cloud computing. “With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away” through the legalistic terms of service with a cloud provider that computer users must agree to.
“I want to feel that I own things,” Wozniak said. “A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.”
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/05/apple-co-founder-wozniak-predicts-horrible-problems-with-cloud-computing/
Cabinet of Wonders
http://www.npr.org/series/153299281/cabinet-of-wonders
The noted musician and impresario John Wesley Harding has created a new
variety show for National Public Radio. It’s called “Cabinet of Wonders” and
on the program’s home page, it says that the show will “make you laugh,
think and sing along. Sometimes all at once.” The program is recorded live at the City Winery in New York City, and so far performers on the have included John Hodgman, Colson Whitehead, Rick Moody, and Edie Brickell. Visitors can listen to each show in its entirety here, or download the programs at their leisure. Each program features a brief description of the performance, along with related links and other resources.
Seaquence
Simply put, Seaquence is “an experiment in musical composition”. It’s a
rather modest way to describe this truly unique online experience. By
adopting a biological metaphor, visitors can “create and combine musical
lifeforms resulting in an organic, dynamic composition.” There are visual
“creatures” on the site which can be manipulated by users as they are encouraged to add different elements to the creation “dish” here. The combination of different creatures results in unique musical compositions that always change as they move about the screen. There’s a demonstration in the About area, which is a great way to learn about how the different controls work. After completing a composition via their creatures, visitors can save each composition by clicking “share” so they can send them along tofriends and other creative types. http://www.seaquence.org/
From The Byrds To The Eagles [1-7]

Scientists discover virus that kills all grades of breast cancer ‘within seven days
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/09/23/scientists-discover-virus-that-kills-all-types-of-breast-cancer-within-seven-days/
Irish Museum of Modern Art
If you’ve been thinking that art in Ireland is all penny whistles and fiddlers and maybe some lace, it’s time to pay a visit to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). IMMA displays its collection “in rotating temporary exhibitions, exploring the work of individual artists in solo displays, and through curated group exhibitions.” Currently, Time out of Mind: Works from the IMMA Collection is on view at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. At the IMMA website, wander the Museum’s wings by taking one of the four
virtual tours provided: Mindful Media, work from the 1970s by New York-based
Irish artist Les Levine; the Madden Arnholz Collection – old master prints collected by Fritz (Colm) Arnholz and Etain Madden Arnholz, an early donation to the IMMA; paintings made in the last 10 years by Philip Taaffe; and Twenty: Celebrating 20 Years of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The Permanent Collection Database is under construction, and a search feature should be released this year.
http://www.imma.ie/en/index.htm
Human cycles: History as science
For the past 15 years, Turchin has been taking the mathematical techniques that once allowed him to track predator–prey cycles in forest ecosystems, and applying them to human history. He has analysed historical records on economic activity, demographic trends and outbursts of violence in the United States, and has come to the conclusion that a new wave of internal strife is already on its way. The peak should occur in about 2020, he says, and will probably be at least as high as the one in around 1970. “I hope it won’t be as bad as 1870,” he adds.
Nature 488, 24–26 ( 02 August 2012 )
http://unam.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0eb0ac9b4e8565f2967a8304b&id=3261a206ea&e=d38efa683e
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Utah Artists Project
http://www.lib.utah.edu/collections/utah-artists/
The Utah Artists Project is part of the digital initiative work at the J.
Williard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. The goal of the project
is “to improve access to information about and knowledge of the work of
Utah’s most prominent visual artists.” The project began with a core list of
200 artists, and since then it has grown significantly. Each entry features
biographical information, images of key artworks, and archival materials. A
good place to start here is the entry for Anna C. Bliss, a
nonrepresentational artist whose work examines ideas about color perception
and geometry. The categories of art included here are a diverse, including
furniture making, mixed media, and textiles. New material is added to the
site on a regular basis, and it’s worth bookmarking for a return visit or
two.
Tacoma Community History Project
http://content.lib.washington.edu/tacomacommweb/index.html
Community histories have become increasingly popular, and this
interdisciplinary project from the University of Washington-Tacoma is part
of that growing trend. The materials here include oral histories gathered by
students working under the direction of Professor Michael Honey for his
undergraduate and graduate courses. This collection contains 50 oral
histories, and visitors can explore all of them via an interactive map or
the Explore By Communities tab. It is worth noting that the histories
include other communities within south Puget Sound, such as Gig Harbor and
University Place. Some of the titles here include “Italians in Hilltop” and
“A Blue Collar Town: The Tacoma Labor Movement.” The materials date back to
1991 and include transcripts of each interview. Finally, the About area
contains information about student involvement in the project, along with
information on community involvement and engagement.
Thomas H. and Joan W. Gandy Photograph Collection
http://louisdl.louislibraries.org/index.php?name=Thomas%20H.%20and%20Joan%20W.%20Gandy%20Photograph%20Collection
The Louisiana Digital Library has a wide array of historical collections
that document everything from Acadian culture to the vibrancy of Mardi Gras
in New Orleans. This particular collection brings together photographs of
Natchez from photographers Henry Norman, Henry Gurney, and Earl Norman.
Visitors can make their way through over 160 images here, such as shots of
barbershops, prominent buildings, distinguished antebellum mansions, and
scenes of everyday life. The informal photos are quite wonderful; visitors
shouldn’t miss “Card game” or the “Children and Snowmen” image. As a whole,
the collection answers a number of compelling questions, including “How did
people dress to have their pictures taken?” and “What did Natchez-Under-The-
Hill look like in the late 1800s?”
Cabinet of Wonders
http://www.npr.org/series/153299281/cabinet-of-wonders
The noted musician and impresario John Wesley Harding has created a new
variety show for National Public Radio. It’s called “Cabinet of Wonders” and
on the program’s home page, it says that the show will “make you laugh,
think and sing along. Sometimes all at once.” The program is recorded live
at the City Winery in New York City, and so far performers on the have
included John Hodgman, Colson Whitehead, Rick Moody, and Edie Brickell.
Visitors can listen to each show in its entirety here, or download the
programs at their leisure. Each program features a brief description of the
performance, along with related links and other resources.
Seaquence
http://www.seaquence.org/
Simply put, Seaquence is “an experiment in musical composition”. It’s a
rather modest way to describe this truly unique online experience. By
adopting a biological metaphor, visitors can “create and combine musical
lifeforms resulting in an organic, dynamic composition.” There are visual
“creatures” on the site which can be manipulated by users as they are
encouraged to add different elements to the creation “dish” here. The
combination of different creatures results in unique musical compositions
that always change as they move about the screen. There’s a demonstration in
the About area, which is a great way to learn about how the different
controls work. After completing a composition via their creatures, visitors
can save each composition by clicking “share” so they can send them along to
friends and other creative types.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
http://www.imma.ie/en/index.htm
If you’ve been thinking that art in Ireland is all penny whistles and
fiddlers and maybe some lace, it’s time to pay a visit to the Irish Museum
of Modern Art (IMMA). IMMA displays its collection “in rotating temporary
exhibitions, exploring the work of individual artists in solo displays, and
through curated group exhibitions.” Currently, Time out of Mind: Works from
the IMMA Collection is on view at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. At
the IMMA website, wander the Museum’s wings by taking one of the four
virtual tours provided: Mindful Media, work from the 1970s by New York-based
Irish artist Les Levine; the Madden Arnholz Collection – old master prints
collected by Fritz (Colm) Arnholz and Etain Madden Arnholz, an early
donation to the IMMA; paintings made in the last 10 years by Philip Taaffe;
and Twenty: Celebrating 20 Years of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The
Permanent Collection Database is under construction, and a search feature
should be released this year.

Olympics

The Economist, have been intrigued by the business aspects of the Games. There is an interesting hierarchy of sponsors. Organizers not willing to pay for play

Olympics

As the Summer Olympics begin in London, there is some well-founded
anxiety about the long-term benefits of hosting such a grand venture
Business and the Olympics: Victors and spoils
http://www.economist.com/node/21559326
London Olympics: Are organizers not willing to pay for play?
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-0724-olympics-
music-20120724,0,4734546.story
Why The Olympics Aren’t Good For Us, And How They Can Be
http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/24/opinion/opinion-olympics-future-
perryman/index.html
BBC Sport: Olympics
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/2012/
London 2012
http://www.olympic.org/london-2012-summer-olympics
Opening Ceremony of 1948 London Olympics
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13391235
This Friday, the Olympics will return to London for the first time since
1948, and the entire world will be watching. This major sporting event
itself will be closely watched by the usual suspects (sports media, pundits,
and the like), but urban studies types will be most interested in watching
after the fact to see how the infrastructure improvements created for the
Olympics hold up over time. A number of commentators, including the folks at
The Economist, have been intrigued by the business aspects of the Games. In
an article in this week’s edition, they reported that the British
government’s budget for the games is around $14.5 billion. In addition, the
International Olympic Committee has raised $4.87 billion in broadcast fees
for the Olympic cycle that includes the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver,
B.C. They also noted that there is an interesting hierarchy of sponsors. And
what of the broad benefits that might accrue to the host country? The
findings are mixed: Victor Matheson of the College of the Holy Cross noted
that organizers of big sporting events tend to overestimate the benefits and
underestimate the costs. Illustrating this point, noted academics Bent
Flyvbjerg and Allison Stewart of Oxford University recently released a
working paper noting that every Olympiad since 1960 has gone over budget.
This may increase anxiety for the average Briton. [KMG]
The first link leads to The Economist article which offers a cost-benefit
analysis of hosting the London Summer Olympics. The second link will take
users to a piece from the Los Angeles Times about the pay scale for major
pop music acts that will be appearing at the Games. Moving along, the third
link will whisk visitors to a nice editorial piece by Mark Perryman on how
the Olympics could be improved the next go-round. The fourth link will lead
interested parties to the BBC’s site dedicated to coverage of the Summer
Olympics. The fifth link will take guests to the official London Summer
Olympics, complete with detailed schedule, venue information, and video
clips. The last link leads to a wonderful newsreel of the opening ceremonies
of the 1948 Olympic Games, which were also held in London.
Victor Matheson of the College of the Holy Cross

Google Wallet payment subscription service Fails

Your Google Storage plan didn’t automatically renew -The Google Storage Team sucks.

The other night I got a message from Google
saying that because of a credit card issue,
my storage had been ‘downgraded.’
The number of my emails appeared to have
dropped by 30,000.
This was most alarming.
I emailed Vint Cerf at Google and he got right on it.
He established that nothing was deleted.
Thanks again, Vint.
A kindly followup from Julio Alvarez at Google said:
>In this case, there was an error processing your Google Wallet payment instrument causing the subscription to cancel. This is a known issue affecting a very small number of users as we migrate to a newer subscription service.
>
>In any case, we provide 30 days of grace storage at the start of the subscription end date to give users time to escalate in the rare event an error happens.
Their initial, alarming message (below) said nothing about a grace period or correctiing the situation.
(In my alarm, I had read the wrong figure for the number
of remaining emails.)
Not fun.
Ted
———- Forwarded message ———-
From:  <no-reply@google.com>
Date: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM
Subject: Your Google Storage plan didn’t automatically renew
To:ted
Hi there,
Our records indicate that you’ve elected to renew your Google Paid
Storage subscription for an additional year. However, we were unable
to process the payment using the default credit card provided in your
Google Checkout account.
At this time, your quota has been downgraded to the Basic Plan. If you
would like to continue using paid storage, you can upgrade your
account at any time by visiting your account management page. If you
have any questions, please visit our help center.
-The Google Storage Team


Theodor Holm Nelson PhD
Designer-Generalist, The Internet Archive
Visiting Professor, University of Southampton
My recent books, POSSIPLEX and ‘Geeks Bearing Gifts’,
are available from Lulu.com and Amazon.
“Ted Nelson is an idealistic troublemaker
who coined the word ‘hypertext’ in the sixties,
and continues to fight for a completely different
computer world.”